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  • Be careful what you wish for: a tale of two prime ministers

    David Cameron started his career as party leader with a simple wish: to get the Conservative Party to ‘stop banging on about Europe’. However, he did not have a strategy for making his dream come true. Instead, he took a series of tactical decisions in hopes that each would silence Tory Eurosceptics committed to ‘banging

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  • Is the G20 the Real Security Council?

    Is the G20 the real Security Council? Over the past two days the heads of state and government of the G20 (Group of Twenty) top world economies met in Hangzhou in China to discuss a whole host of weighty topics. It is certainly interesting how the G20 seems to be steadily eclipsing both the Western-weighted

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  • Brexit: Implications for Counter-terrorism

    Brexit will have negative consequences for counter-terrorism in the UK and in the EU. The UK will lose the possibility of enjoying the advantages the EU provides in this field and of fighting the threat transnationally, whereas the Union loses one of the most important members in its counter-terrorism effort. Although Brexit has definitely been

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  • Iraq: The Strategic Lessons of Chilcot

    “The danger is, as ever with these things, unintended consequences” Prime Minister Tony Blair, 2002 It is 12 volumes and 2.6 million words in length and took 7 years to prepare. Yesterday afternoon I spent reading the 150 pages of the Executive Summary of Sir John Chilcot’s magnus opus The Iraq Enquiry. The strategic implications

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  • Brexit Vs Remain; a leadership failure

    Looking beyond the causes of Brexit and how each campaign faired in the Brexit Referendum is the fundamental issue of leadership failure on both sides. A 51% win for Leave and a 48.1% outcome for Remain portray a much divided United Kingdom than ever. While the Brexit Referendum results is just one of the evident

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  • The Causes of Brexit

    The causes of Brexit that I have heard thus far are as follows: The politics of austerity, the collapse of the Labour Party and the loss of the white working and not-so-working class, splits in the Conservative Party, Tory grandees, David Cameron’s political gambling, David Cameron’s ‘deal’ to the keep Britain in an unreformed EU,

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  • Brexit: Between A Rock and A Hard Place

    According to the latest results, the Leave campaign won narrowly in the Brexit Referendum. A narrow win it may be so, yet it is one of the biggest victories for Eurosceptics since the French and Dutch no votes to the European constitution in 2005.  It is yet to be seen whether the British referendum would

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  • A Very Sad Day for Europe: UK Opt to Leave European Union

    The Brexit Referendum results – 51.9% for Leave and 48.1% to Remain – confirm the United Kingdom has decided to leave the European Union. Today’s results will have serious ramifications as the country enters a phase of protracted uncertainty. The initial economic reaction is already grim, with markets deeply nervous about the future of the

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  • Heat not Light: The Tyranny of the Input Culture

    Suddenly there is a glut of money. The British government is desperately trying to find projects to spend billions of unspent aid and development money. Meanwhile, the Treasury (finance ministry) has ordered that all of this money must be spent by the end of calendar year 2016. The result? A lot of ill-thought through projects

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  • An IMF Plot, Greece, the EU and BREXIT

    On 19 March 2016, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission team for Greece held a meeting on how to force Greece into further austerity measures. These would entail deeper wage cuts, more social security cuts, higher taxes and more rapid conformity to IMF-EU policies intended to transfer capital from the middle class and workers to

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